Hundreds of thousands poured onto Nigeria’s streets to celebrate Muhammadu Buhari’s historic president election victory in 2015, hoping Nigeria’s problems would be solved with his win.
The former army general defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan by more than two million votes on the strength of his grassroots appeal and his military background.
However, with the 2019 elections taking place on Saturday, his supporters are questioning his time spent in the office.
“I don’t want to vote for the president [Buhari] again. I don’t think anything will change,” Christopher Akanbi, a businessman in the commercial capital, Lagos, told Al Jazeera.
The 52-year-old voted for Buhari in 2015. It was the first win by an opposition candidate since Nigeria’s return to civil rule.
“I campaigned with everything I had. I encouraged my family, convinced my friends and even made enemies because of my role when he defeated Jonathan,” said Akanbi. “He has disappointed many of us and I can’t support him anymore.
“My support is now for the opposition candidate. Atiku [Abubakar]is his own man and takes responsibility for his actions unlike Buhari who has been hijacked by a few friends and family.”